Many actors of Soviet cinema came from workers and peasants. Nikolai Makeev could not boast of a noble birth. However, the audience remembered the vivid images on the screen.
For a certain period of time, cultural values were moved by rail. At the dawn of Soviet power, cinema was classified as one of the most important arts for the people. Nikolai Konstantinovich Makeev was born on December 19, 1920 in the family of a trackman. The boy turned out to be the fourth child in the house. Parents lived in the vicinity of the famous city of Voronezh. My father worked on the railroad. The mother was engaged in housekeeping and raising children. Not to say that the Makeevs lived poorly, but everyone, young and old, had to work.
Nikolai grew up as an energetic and inquisitive child. Already at the age of four, he was trusted to drive geese to the nearest lawn. In those years, special propaganda trains with a cinema design apparatus ply the railway. At large stations the train stopped and the local population was shown a movie. Once, little Nikolasha got to such a session. After watching another “silent” film, Makeev was impressed by what he saw for several days. Someone from the adults told him that actors are filming. That's it - after that, the boy decided that he would definitely become an actor.
When "the years approached," Nikolai was enrolled in school. He studied well. He was distinguished by exemplary behavior. His favorite subjects were literature and geography. After graduating from seven classes, Makeev went to Moscow to study as an artist. His father "corrected" him a train ticket and gave him some money. The capital of the future actor did not wait, and did not notice his appearance. Nikolai overcame all obstacles and obstacles to enter the Shchepkin Theater School and get an acting education. In 1942 he completed his studies and entered the service in the front-line branch of the Maly Theater.
For more than a year, Makeev wandered along the front lines and spoke to the soldiers of the Red Army. Then he was drafted into the ranks of the armed forces and sent to the Polar Front. After the victory, he remained in the troupe of the Drama Theater of the Northern Fleet. For three years he played leading roles in repertoire performances. After that he worked for more than ten years at the Theater of Russian Drama of the Karelo-Finnish SSR. In 1959, Nikolai Konstantinovich was invited to the Ermolova Moscow Drama Theater, where he served until old age.
Recognition and privacy
The actor's creative career was developing successfully. He managed to play on the stage and act in films. For his great contribution to the development of theatrical art, Nikolai Makeev was awarded the honorary title "People's Artist of the Russian Federation".
In the personal life of Nikolai Konstantinovich, everything was fine. He lived his life legally married. The husband and wife raised and raised two sons. The actor passed away in June 1998.